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The Winter's Tale
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amity
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And then I lost,— All mine own folly,—the society, Amity too, of your brave father, whom, Though bearing misery, I desire my life Once more to look on him.
amity = a state of friendly relations
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arraign
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Prepare you, lords; Summon a session, that we may arraign Our most disloyal lady; for, as she hath Been publicly accus'd, so shall she have A just and open trial.
arraign = call before a court to answer an indictment

or:

accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
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audacious
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Away with that audacious lady!
audacious = bold and daring (in this case, too bold)
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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auspicious
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O lady Fortune, stand you auspicious!
auspicious = favorable
DefinitionGenerally auspicious means:
favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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calumny
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...and The justice of your hearts will thereto add, "Tis pity she's not honest, honourable': Praise her but for this her without-door form,— Which, on my faith, deserves high speech,—and straight The shrug, the hum or ha,—these petty brands That calumny doth use:—O, I am out, That mercy does; for calumny will sear Virtue itself:—these shrugs, these hum's, and ha's, When you have said 'she's goodly,' come between, Ere you can say 'she's honest': but be it known, From him that has most...
calumny = false accusation against a person
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censure
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In my just censure, in my true opinion!
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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credulous
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he whose ignorant credulity will not come up to th' truth:
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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derivative
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For life, I prize it As I weigh grief, which I would spare: for honour, 'tis a derivative from me to mine, And only that I stand for.
derivative = something developed from something else
DefinitionGenerally derivative means:
something developed from something else such as:
  • a word based on another word
  • a mathematical value from a function
  • the value of a financial instrument
  • a work of art such as a film or painting that lacks ideas not previously expressed in other works of art
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discern
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If thou mayest discern by that which is left of him what he is, fetch me to the sight of him.
discern = to see something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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exeunt
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[Exeunt QUEEN and Ladies, with Guards.]
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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heresy
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It is an heretic that makes the fire,
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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lethargic
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in this time of lethargy, I picked and cut most of their festival purses;
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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liege
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And I wish, my liege, You had only in your silent judgment tried it, Without more overture.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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mockery
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Let no man mock me,
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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officious
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I will bring these two moles, these blind ones, aboard him: if he think it fit to shore them again, and that the complaint they have to the king concerns him nothing, let him call me rogue for being so far officious; for I am proof against that title, and what shame else belongs to't.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
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pious
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his piety
piety = highly moral belief or behavior
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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predominant
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It is a bawdy planet, that will strike where 'tis predominant;
predominant = most powerful
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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reconcile
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1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
I'll reconcile me to Polixenes;
reconcile = get into agreement (friendly terms)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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revere
1 use
the reverence of...
reverence = respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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zeal
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This is a creature,
Would she begin a sect, might quench the zeal
Of all professors else; make proselytes
Of who she but bid follow.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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